For the second year running, the QUT Health Clinics are offering primary and high school students free foot and vision screenings in preparation for the 2011 school year.
The clinics will be held at QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus from Wednesday January 12 to Friday January 14, with places still available.
QUT Health Clinics manager Allison Vautin said the health checks were a great way for parents to make sure their children were ready for the new school year.
“Many parents are unaware their children may have problems with their feet and vision,” she said.
“And a little issue today can turn into a serious problem later in life.”
Ms Vautin said given the average person walked 128,000km in their lifetime, foot problems such as sore heels, ingrown toenails or walking with turned feet could prove debilitating in the future.
She said qualified podiatrists and optometrists would conduct the foot and eye checks, with QUT students on hand to assist.
“Podiatrists can provide specialised advice about the particular shoe features that are best for an individual child,” Ms Vautin said.
“If a child has an unusual alignment of the feet or lower limbs, experiences foot or lower limb pain or has excessive wear patterns of their shoes, then a check up with the podiatrist is needed.”
Ms Vautin said it was also important for children to have regular eye checks.
“Good vision is important for a child’s education, physical and social development, and to help them achieve their full learning potential,” she said.
“The problem is that children will often assume that how they see is normal, and vision problems may not be detected.
“Eye problems are one of the most common long-term health problems experienced by children, with one in 10 Australian children suffering from a long-term eye disorder.”
The QUT Health Clinics will also offer free musculoskeletal assessments to ensure children are biomechanically aligned to prevent the onset of poor posture and negative growth patterns for later life.
The quick, 10 – 15 minute assessment can be done before or after your child’s free foot screening and can offer parents peace of mind knowing their child is well-aligned for future years.
Children who take part in the checks will receive a show-bag filled with foot and eye-related goodies.
Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning 3138 9777.
Media contact – Sharon Thompson, QUT media officer, 07 3138 1150 or [email protected]
**A high resolution photo of a child having a foot check up at the clinic is available for media use